Gertie is an 1011-year-old witch who has had about enough of this whole 'living' business. Unfortunately, due to her bond with the forces of magic, she just can't seem to die. Nowadays, the rest of the kingdom assumes that since she is old, ugly, and has a knack for casting creepy spells, she must be evil. So Gertie figures, “to hell with it all,” and secludes herself in a hovel in the woods.
Freya is a seventeen-year-old girl born into a race of half-dog, half-human people who are considered lower-class in her world. Growing up, her parents taught her to keep her head down and not to mingle with humans or elves- the 'beautiful' races. Sick of feeling lower than dirt, Freya runs into the woods in search of a spell that will rid her of her fur and paws. Though Gertie cannot grant the spell, she helps Freya start a new life in a nearby metropolitan village.
Then, Gertie's seemingly beautiful, and beloved-by-all, sister kidnaps a boy from the village. She intends to use him in a sacrifice for a spell that will keep her young and beautiful. Freya ventures out to save him and convinces Gertie to leave the safety of her hovel and face her sister. In the end, Gertie proves she isn't so evil and Freya realizes she isn't so ugly.
My 81,000 word young adult fantasy novel, EVIL AND UGLY, is Patricia C. Wrede’s Calling on Dragons meets Marilyn Kaye’s Penelope. It will appeal to the readers of the more recently published novel, Uprooted, by Naomi Novak.
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